Library Acquires Women in the Life magazine

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Library Acquires Women in the Life magazine

Will digitize magazine documenting Black lesbian community issues from 1993 to 2003

In honor of its 25th Anniversary, DC Public Library will digitize and provide access to Women in the Life magazine. 

“The DC Public Library is proud to add the Women in the Life magazine to the growing list of journals it will digitize and make available to students, researchers, and residents,” said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Public Library. “This magazine tells an important story from a unique viewpoint that reflects the rich, diverse and dynamic history of the District.”

Independently published by co-founder Sheila Alexander-Reid, what started as a four-page newsletter evolved over ten years into a 26 to 48 page magazine distributed nationally in bookstores. Topics in the magazine included South African lesbian activist Palesa Ditsi; Black gay pride in the District and 1997 Million Woman March.

The Library will digitize, maintain and make all 90 issues of Women in the Life Magazine available on Dig DC, the online portal maintained by the DC Public Library’s Special Collections division. When this work is complete, the story of DC’s lesbian of color community will be available to students, scholars, members of the LGBTQ community and anyone else who wants to understand issues that impacted the Black lesbian community from 1993 to 2003.